Initially Posted: 01/19/2018 | Last Updated: 09/12/2020

Apple cider vinegars and ACV supplements compared in this review

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Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

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Havasu Nutrition Apple Cider Vinegar

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Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar

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Herbal Secrets Apple Cider Vinegar

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Market Pantry [Target] Apple Cider Vinegar

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Nature's Life Apple Cider Vinegar

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Nutricost Apple Cider Vinegar

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PipingRock.com Mega Potency Apple Cider Vinegar

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Swanson Certified Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother

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Swanson Ultra High Potency Apple Cider Vinegar

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Viva Naturals Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

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White House Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

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Summary

  • Does it work? Apple cider vinegar (as a liquid) may reduce or slow the increase in blood sugar after eating (although it may not help diabetics) and may modestly aid with weight loss. The effects of apple cider vinegar may be due to its acetic acid content, which tends to be about 5% in vinegars (equaling about 800 to 900 mg of acetic acid per tablespoon). There is no good clinical research supporting the use of pills containing apple cider vinegar in powder form — these generally provide a much smaller amount of acetic acid per serving but can be dangerous if the acetic acid is too highly concentrated. (See What It Is and What It Does).
  • Caution! Two pills were deemed Not Approved for mislabeling their acidity and/or having extremely high concentrations of acetic acid — amounts that would appear to classify them as "poison." (See What CL Found and use the Results table to compare the amounts of acetic acid in products).
  • Best products: Three apple cider vinegars were chosen as Top Picks, providing real apple cider vinegar with appropriate acetic acid at a good value and without heavy metal contamination. CL also selected a Top Pick among pills.
  • How much to take? Typically one teaspoon to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is diluted in 1.5 to 8 ounces of warm water and taken before meals. (See ConsumerTips: Dosage)
  • Other Concerns: Chronic use of apple cider vinegar may erode tooth enamel, so don't let it linger in the mouth and rinse afterward. As it may affect blood sugar levels, it should be used with caution in people with diabetes. It should be used with caution in people with gastroparesis, as it may slow the movement of food in the stomach. For more details, see Concerns and Cautions.
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You'll get all of the following information about apple cider vinegar as liquids and pills in this comprehensive review:

  • Which apple cider vinegars and ACV supplements passed or failed testing
  • Which apple cider vinegars offer the best quality and value and are CL's Top Picks
  • What apple cider vinegar can and cannot do for your health, including blood sugar control, weight loss, digestion, and topical use.
  • How bottled vinegars differ from ACV supplements
  • The dose of apple cider vinegar for specific uses
  • What to look for on product labels and how to take apple cider vinegar safely
  • Cautions and potential side effects of apple cider vinegar

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